Welcome to the Greenest City in Britain!

Green City Programme
Manchester City Council

In March 2005 Manchester City Council made a commitment to make Manchester the Greenest City in Britain. And not just green for the sake of ‘green’. The success of a city is based around a number of different things – how strong the economy is, the quality of life for residents, the quality, protection and enhancement of the environment and the attitudes of the people living and working there – all of which are intrinsically linked in pursuit of the ideal of ‘sustainable development’.

The Green City programme is a coordination of the wide range of activities being carried out by public sector, private sector, charities, campaigners, residents, visitors and anyone else with a part to play in making Manchester the Greenest City in Britain. In the short time since the programme was launched there have been a number of success stories:

•Recycling rates growing above the national average
•The Metrolink carrying 19 million passengers a year
•The city gained Fairtrade status
•The tallest office block outside of London being covered in solar panels and developments like the Green Building tapping into consumer interest in the environment
•The Council purchasing 100% green energy for its operational buildings
•Over 750 employees have joined the Council's Green Champions scheme
•The Council fleet vehicles using 5% biodiesel
•The launch of the City's first car club
•A guide to Greening Events has been produced
•An Eco Families pilot in Hulme and Moss Side
•The commitment to plant 16,000 trees between now and 2050
•he most challenging Environmental Planning Standards in the UK

Do you have something to say about Green City? Are you already doing something that you’d like us to promote? Or if you’d just like to be kept up to date with the latest news then visit www.manchestergreencity.co.uk and sign up to be a Green City Network member.

Green City Network Conference – Monday 21st May, Manchester Town Hall
Register at www.manchestergreencity.co.uk or email green.city@manchester.gov.uk

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